November 2nd, 2021

Response to Transport Canada’s Interim Order No. 7

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its member lines welcome Transport Canada’s Interim Order No. 7, marking another important step toward the resumption of cruise tourism in Canada in 2022. 

CLIA member cruise lines place the health and safety of their passengers, crew and the communities they visit as their top priority. Cruise industry protocols are unique in their approach to effectively monitor, detect and respond to potential cases of COVID-19. 

With an emphasis on vaccinated crews and passengers, along with negative COVID-19 tests and other measures, the industry has successfully restarted in more than 30 countries including the USA, throughout Europe and now in South America as well as Asia. Rare instances of COVID-19 that have occurred since operations resumed have been addressed swiftly based upon required pre-arranged response plans onboard CLIA ocean-going member cruise ships.

Prior to the pandemic, the cruise industry supported more than 30,000 jobs in Canada, $1.44B in wages and salaries, and a total economic impact of $4.28B.  A recent survey by Insights West, conducted on behalf the Greater Victoria Harbor Authority and CLIA, found that nearly 4 out of 5 Victoria residents (79%) believe the overall contributions of the cruise industry are positive, and more than 2 out of every 3 residents (69%) support a responsible return of cruise tourism.

With science-backed protocols in place, CLIA and our ocean-going cruise line members look forward to continuing dialogue and working with Canadian authorities to plan for a successful return of operations to Canada in 2022.

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About the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
CLIA is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. On behalf of the industry, together with its members and partners, the organization supports policies and practices that foster a secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment, as well as promote positive travel experiences for the more than 30 million passengers who cruise annually. The CLIA community includes the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports and destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s global headquarters are located in Washington, DC, with regional offices located in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

 About the Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC)

Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC) advocates on behalf of the major cruise lines that operate in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State. CLIA-NWC is one of fifteen offices around the world that are part of Cruise Lines International Association – the world’s largest cruise industry association, which supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment.

The cruise industry is regulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), flag states and port states (e.g., Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Public Health Agency) among others. In addition, as a requirement of membership, all CLIA cruise line members must adhere to robust set of policies and practices which undergo constant review and improvement and often exceed what international, national, and regional laws require.

Contact: Donna Spalding

Government Affairs & Community Relations

Ph. 604-681-9515  

Email: dspalding@clia-nwc.com